Assize of Bread and Ale

Assize of Bread and Ale
1) Thirteenth-century statue imposing standards of measurement, quality, and pricing upon commercial bakers and brewers; local authorities used the assize as a licensing system by amercing all sellers of bread and ale for supposed infractions of its regulations.
(Bennett, Judith M. Women in the Medieval English Countryside, 233)
2) Royal law fixing prices and standards.
(Gies, Frances and Joseph. Life in a Medieval Village, 243)
3) The statutory regulation or settling of the price of bread and of ale, with reference to that of grain, in accordance with the ordinance of 51 Henry III.
(Bennett, H.S. Life on the English Manor: A Study of Peasant Conditions, 1150-1400, 337)
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